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Green hysteria costs lives

Jasson Urbach | 12 Nov 2014 | Africa Fighting Malaria

Apparently we no longer live in a world that values technological advancement. Canadian Environmental Commissioner, Gord Miller, recently stated, "[Neonicotinoids are] the biggest threat to the structure and integrity of the ecosystem that I have encountered in my life... Bigger than DDT". Neonicotinoids are a remarkable and desperately needed kind of insecticide. Miller bases his mistrust of neonicotinoids on an unfounded fear that they are responsible for the collapse of some bee colonies. 

In 1948 Paul Muller, the scientist who synthesised DDT, was awarded the Nobel Prize. DDT saved countless millions of lives from malaria, lice-borne typhus, yellow fever and other diseases. In addition to its use in public health programmes, DDT was also used in agriculture to protect crops from pests and increase food production, thereby ensuring millions of people had more to eat at a lower cost. The world desperately needs another insecticide like DDT, but now Muller's discovery is used only to instil fear and as an unjustified weapon in the environmentalists' spectrum of nastiness. 

Orphan Drugs vs Orphan People

Jasson Urbach | 14 Jul 2014 | Free Market Foundation

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared, "A post-antibiotic era—in which common infections and minor injuries can kill—far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century". 

Malaria fight hurt by flimsy anti-DDT research

Jasson Urbach & Donald Roberts | 09 May 2014 | Business Day (South Africa)

Last year, Prof Henk Bouwman of North-West University and co-authors published a paper in a respectable journal, Environmental Research, claiming that DDT spraying led to thinning of bird eggshells.

Press Release: DDT research paper exposed as "biased and erroneous"

None | 05 May 2014 | Africa Fighting Malaria

The environmental science journal Environmental Research has published an article by nine malaria experts exposing major errors in a research paper on DDT and bird eggshells.

Wipe out malaria by wiping out worst poverty

Jasson Urbach | 24 Apr 2014 | Business Day (South Africa)

In Southern Africa, the malaria season typically begins with the summer rains in November and ends in April. In this region, the co-ordination of malaria control efforts between neighbouring states has dramatically reduced the incidence of malaria.

Response to "DDT's pesky proponents," by Mara Kardas-Nelson

Jasson Urbach | 24 Apr 2014 | Africa Fighting Malaria

Al Jazeera's report by Mara Kardas-Nelson (DDT's pesky proponents Apr. 21, 2014) rakes over old ground and is replete with misstatements and falsehoods.

Letter: Climate change clouds SA's plans to eradicate malaria

Jasson Urbach | 15 Apr 2014 | Mail & Guardian

Claims that climate change will increase the spread of malaria are not new and have been made countless times. Repeatedly making the claim, however, does not make it true.

Will drug resistance become pandemic?

Jasson Urbach | 05 Apr 2014 | Saturday Star

The rising trend of resistance to pharmaceuticals is one of the most important and worrying topics raised at the International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID).

Disease control congress a first for SA

Jasson Urbach | 01 Apr 2014 | Cape Times

The developing world, Africa in particular, bears the greatest burden of the most deadly infectious diseases, which include HIV/Aids, malaria and TB.

Anti-Science Environmentalists Ban 'Neonic' Insecticides, Imperiling Global Health

Richard Tren | 16 Mar 2014 | Forbes

Some of history's greatest advances in public health - especially in regions plagued by insect borne diseases - have come from the judicious use of pesticides to kill or repel the insect vector before it can infect human populations.